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Friday July 25, 2014


  • Will the number of forest fires keep you from travelling far this summer?
  • Yes
  • 19%
  • No
  • 81%
  • Total Votes: 74

Airport water rates...


Dear Editor,

Having read your front page story about the water dispute, I think the city of Ft. St. John will have to get over itself: 

1.  Let's be clear, city of Ft. St. John has no water without it's neighbors co-operation.  Further, it has no gas, no oil, no lumber, no hydro and no food without it's neighbors co-operation.  Yet it does well money-changing in the middle of all this activity.  It also enjoys the use of the railway, the highway, the airport, and many government services with no investment or debt required.  In my view, the people actually doing all this have made the city, not the other way around.

2.  When the Airports Department decided to go out of provided housing they developed a subdivision so their workers could continue to maintain the airports serving NE BC, NW Alberta, and the northern territories. Predictably, many of those workers retired on modest pensions.  So to gouge them now on water rates is really bush league.

3.  When this airport was privatized and purchased by the neighboring communities for a dollar, it was assumed proper stewardship would be maintained. But then the city, as part owner, annexed agricultural land and orchestrated the construction of the largest OSB mill in North America right in the middle of the air traffic control zone.  Since then they have often sat happily on their hands while the smell, disruption, risk, cost, and environmental footprint developed in our air traffic.  Apparently they have no intention of measuring the impacts at the weather reporting increments used by WMO and ICAO or by our CARS regulators.

4.  Curiously, they also sat on their hands while the airport looked for water leaks and tried to keep the water reservoirs sanitary.  And they again sat on their hands while foul waters from the mill began to leak into the Beatton and the Peace rivers not far from the water intakes.  

5.  And they sat on their hands again when the OSB sales team shut off the microphones at the MDI Open House.  This while one of the neighbours held up her hand in tears with more questions and concerns.

With the niceties out of the way, we now get to the main reason for this letter.  We are your neighbors, hopefully doing onto you as we would have you doing onto us.  So, please consider this as my request for assistance from the city fathers to secure a referendum on this MDI application, and this time, let's make it open to EVERYONE in this air shed.  That could include those flying in from out of town, out of province, and out of country.  You know, the people who must deal with the result of the city's decisions the most often.

In Transport Canada's site we see that MDI reacts with water, aluminum, and copper.  I will therefore want to see peer reviewed studies and written endorsements of MDI:

1.  From our health care workers and doctors and bee keepers because the mill produces about 1900 metric tonnes of water vapour per day.

2.  From our aircraft manufacturers because  tons of aluminum come and go here every day.

3.  From our airfield lighting suppliers because both aluminum and copper are used to build and power these  products.

G.N. Thompson

Fort St. John



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